Counseling Works Santa Cruz
I am the Supervising Psychotherapist of a private practice located in downtown Santa Cruz, including 4 therapists - myself, Shana Trinchero, Goeff Ashmun and Judy Patton. We share about 31 years of experience. We all offer caring, responsive, effective psychotherapy, counseling and life and career coaching. covering among other issues — depression, anxiety, PTSD/trauma, distress in couple’ relationships and child-parent/family relationships, as well as the challenges of jobs, bosses, workmates, friendships, parents, and elder care taking. Within our individual personal “styles” of therapy, we all use, at various times during the therapy, a whole variety of approaches and interventions included under such terms as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness among many others. We all resolve Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder using EMDR (Google that for details) to reduce the impact of upsetting memories of mistreatment and negligence that took place in your childhood and adult life, including such rough experiences as verbal, sexual or physical abuse. We all have experience also working with the challenges of alcohol, drug and other addictions, and three of us have working in jails, so we are used to dealing with humans who have many issues to deal with at once. No one likes being overwhelmed!
The most important thing for clients to note is that research shows that the schooling, theoretical approach, and even experience of the therapist all have far less impact in creating a good outcome than the personal relationship you have with the therapist. So we invite you to meet us, and make sure that you feel that the counselor you choose is someone who “gets” you, and you feel that you “get” her or him. If you don’t develop that confidence by the end of the second session, we will be happy to refer you to a colleague, and we know, you need to get the relief you’re seeking, without doubt!